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post #11 of 20
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Fan's at the end

Good

Then all coolers will be compatible.
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It's simple. If your card's PCB has AMD written on it, it's a reference card.
http://www.ixbt.com/video3/images/re...scan-front.jpg
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All these coolers seem to cost around $50-70. Looking at review sites comparing stock with overclocked 5870's, the performance gain is 10% at best.

Is the 5870 simply not a card that yields high returns with overclocking?
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All these coolers seem to cost around $50-70. Looking at review sites comparing stock with overclocked 5870's, the performance gain is 10% at best.

Is the 5870 simply not a card that yields high returns with overclocking?
Depends on the review. Many of the reviews came out before Afterburner's voltage control and are severely limited by that. They aren't the best OC'ers though, especially compared to the HD 5850 which overclocks as high as the HD 5870 (in terms of clocks, not performance) but starts off at far lower clocks.
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Narrowed it down to Zalman VF3000A ($52 shipped on ebay) and Accelero Xtreme PLUS + VR001 ramsinks kit ($66.45 shipped from mwave).

Did enough reading on reviews and it seems the AXP cools a bit better, and is quieter, and I like the ability for its fans to be controlled by the GPU software.

The VF3000A is a lot cheaper but fan speed is controlled by hand. Also I hear the ramsinks a bit better.

Any other information that would help me decide between the two?
Edited by majinwu - 12/26/10 at 1:28pm
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VF3000 is pretty good, I did go with different ram sinks.

Is your card a reference or non ref card?
Could you tell me what model ram sinks you used/recommend? Hopefully they work for both coolers I mentioned in the above post
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Could you tell me what model ram sinks you used/recommend? Hopefully they work for both coolers I mentioned in the above post
I used these.

I would look into the cooling of the vregs, how is it done on the Accelero?
The VF has a very capable vreg sink.
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I used these.

I would look into the cooling of the vregs, how is it done on the Accelero?
The VF has a very capable vreg sink.
The Enzotech may be too tall to use with the AXP. AXP uses these heatsinks to cool the vram & vreg: http://www.mwave.com/mwave/skusearch...iteria=AA77249

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I am really interested in getting a zalman cooler for my 5850 but i just get put off by the thought of the ram sinks falling off. They only stick onto the top of the chip via tape dont they?
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post #20 of 20
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How about Thermalright T-Rad2?
Also, I plan on using the VRM-R4 with it. It also works with Accelero Xtreme, and AXP! Solves the vram problem.

Thermalright R4 does indeed fit. Found this thread on hardforum to support my claim: http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1538063

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